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Angry Black Bitch: The Punishment for Being Too Real

In organizing spaces and in social situations (sometimes they overlap), I’m constantly running into the same issue: being too real. In this identity of being too real, my identity as a fat Black femme always coincides with how people view that realness. In navigating organizing, activism, work or social spaces, anytime I address an issue,...

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UK Artist Zoe Buckman Appropriates Rap Lyrics for White Feminist Art Installation

British artist Zoe Buckman released her art exhibit Every Curve earlier this year at Papillion Art in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition, three years in the making, explores the “contradictory and complimentary influences of feminism and hip-hop in her upbringing.” Buckman’s installation is full of hand-embroidered lingerie with rap lyrics on women from Notorious B.I.G....

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It’s None of Your Business: On India Love and the Violence of “Leaking” Celebrity Sex Tapes

An alleged sex tape of India Love was recently “released” to the public in which she was engaging sexually with another woman. The issue here is the fact that our society is heavily invested within sexual violence, so much so that we as a culture feel entitled to have access to celebrities’ sexual exploits and experiences,...

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Madonna’s Speech at the Billboard Women in Music Awards was White Feminist Bullshit Per the Usual

At this year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards, Madonna was named the Woman of the Year. While accepting her award, she made a seemingly important statement for women (read: white women) in the industry. Madonna opened with, “I stand before you as a doormat… Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer.” She continued, “Thank you for...

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Brandy Vela Committed Suicide Due to Harassment. Why Her Death is Actually a Murder.

(Content warning: suicide) Brandy Vela, an 18-year-old high school senior, shot herself in front of her family because her peers continued to violently harass her about her body size. Vela sent a heartfelt final text to her family moments before committing suicide, saying, “I love you so much, just remember that please and I’m so sorry...

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White Tragedy is Not the Burden for Black Feminists

When Melania Trump has been slut shamed and defamed in the media, there has been an explicit and implied expectation for a black feminist movement to back her and defend her from this particular form of misogyny, similar to the ways we’ve shown up for Michelle Obama. But nah, that labor is not meant for...

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The Realities of Money, Power and Ego in the Fight for Black Liberation

In our activism and revolutionary self-reflection, we rarely talk about the growing pains of wanting liberation, how to get that liberation and what we need to survive on the way to seeking that liberation. Historically, we’ve seen the Black Power Movement infiltrated, divided and hindered by CointelPro, white supremacist tools (money and power) and unchecked...

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Cardi B. Reminds Us That Respectability Politics Won’t Save Black People

In a recent Instagram post, singer/songwriter Cardi B. clapped back at the haters who leave comments under her posts about reality TV being the reason black people are murdered. She says, “Stop trying to blame reality TV to try to show what’s wrong with [minorities/ black people]. “What’s wrong with us” has nothing to do with us,...